Hi all! Did everyone have a wonderful long (hopefully) weekend? I had a great weekend that was a combination of active and very LAZY! My only wish was that it was a day longer. ;-) We had an (unplanned) eventful Friday night. I drove Steven home from the airport and while we were on the highway my driver's side window basically exploded! It was so bizarre. Friday night was spent on the side of the highway and then scrambling to find a garage to store my poor car in. Thankfully, we got the window repaired on Saturday morning. Such a crazy night!
San Francisco Bay Brunch Cruise
Saturday, I met some friends for a brunch cruise. It was a beautiful day here in SF, so a perfect day to cruise around the bay. The cruise was offered through Hornblower and occurs almost every Saturday and Sunday. It is a bit pricey, but it is bottomless mimosas and a buffet (all you can eat!). They have other type of cruises like a happy hour and a dinner cruise too. It was very fun and the staff was great! The only thing I thought could be improved was the announcer's microphone was very loud. He didn't talk the whole cruise, but when he did you basically had to stop speaking to your table because you couldn't hear them.
After the cruise, we took a walk down the Embarcadero and stopped at Epic's beautiful patio for a few drinks. Epic has wonderful views of the bay and the bay bridge. They also have a good happy hour Monday-Friday.
Sunday we headed up to Napa for the 5th annual BottleRock music festival. Steven and I went last year to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but this year we brought a crew with us. Steven and the girls strike again! We took the bus service Mride up and it made things so simple and no one had to worry about driving home. This year, the headliner on Sunday was the Foo Fighters and they did not disappoint. We also saw Cobi, Live, Gavin DeGraw, and Band of Horses.
The whole day was SO much fun and the weather was fabulous. Some food and drink highlights of the day was the amazing fried chicken from Smoke, too-drinkable sauvignon blanc from Black Stallion, and a delicious tikka masala burrito from Curry Up Now. I will definitely be in attendance at BottleRock next year!
Our memorial day was spent in recovery. We ordered Chinese food and had a glorious Netflix binge day. Definitely just what I needed! :-)
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!
Question of the Day!
Do you prefer a relaxing long weekend or more active?
Hello vast internet world! I can not believe it has been one whole year since my last post. The time has seriously flown by! I have been up to so much and I can not wait to share my future adventures with the blog world. Just to catch anyone up, I have been going to to graduate school and this May I graduated! I am finally done with college (maybe... PhD anyone? HA) and I feel so accomplished being done with my Master's. Also, I feel SO HAPPY to finally have some free time. This last year of school was intense especially with a full time job.
My mom and step-dad came out to visit and to see me graduate. I'm going to highlight a few fun tourist things we did here in San Francisco (& Oakland!) and I'll be back with a recap/potential Napa itinerary for all of those interested.
Sunday - Mother's Day!
On Mother's Day, I hosted a brunch at my house and afterwards we went on a tour of Pac Heights. We began at the Haas-Lilienthal House and one of their docents lead the tour. It was very informative and we saw a lot of beautiful houses. Plus, we got these gorgeous views below! The tour is around 2 hours, but currently, you can not go into the Haas-Lilienthal House because it's under renovation. I bought my tickets through Verlocal, but I don't see them on there anymore. It's a cool website that lists classes, tours and events. Check it out!
Monday - It's time for Dodger Baseball!
We of course were at the Giant's stadium, but since Steven is a LA fan, I have to side with him. We bought our tickets through the Gametime app which was awesome and so easy to use! The game started at 7:15pm, so we had a little time to kill before hand. We had drinks and appetizers at Palomino which has happy hour from 3pm-close. That's my kind of happy hour(s)!
Thursday - Oakland Excursion
Thursday we headed over to the most touristy place in all of San Francisco. Pier 39! I don't really have many suggestions for Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf except to get the mini donuts. They are delicious!
We took the 12:45pm ferry over to Jack London Square in Oakland. The ferry is pretty easy to use. You can use your clipper card for a discount or buy tickets on board. It leaves from Pier 41 and the ferry building and goes to Oakland & Alameda. Be sure to check the schedule because at certain points they stop service to Pier 41.
We first stopped at Rosenblum Cellars which a friend from Oakland first took me to a few months ago. They have flights and tons of cheese options. So delicious! Also, they have ample outside seating which was so nice because the weather was wonderful. Afterwards, we headed over to Forge to have another glass of wine before heading back.
We ended the evening at Noeteca. It is a cute wine bar and cafe on Delores street. Obviously you can't go wrong with baked brie!
I'm so happy my family came out to visit me in SF! I'll have our NAPA trip posted next week for some wine inspiration.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
Hi! I'm Amanda and I've been living in SF for the past 4 years. Originally from North Carolina, I love traveling, planning, exploring new places in SF, group exercise, and wine.